Caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia is difficult and often challenging for primary caregivers and health professionals alike. The difficulty in caring for such patients is due perhaps in part to erroneous perceptions and expectations we have towards these individuals. When we accept people the way they are and understand [...]
It’s been over 40 years since Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote her epic and monumental book On Death and Dying. It created a tremendous shift in the medical field and in Western society on how we treat people who are dying of a terminal illness. For a long time dying people were [...]
There are many myths,half truths and misunderstandings circulating among the general public about Hospice and its services. Such misleading information undercuts the true purpose of Hospice. It also hinders people from using hospice services when they really need them. It often surprises and sometimes even shocks me to hear the [...]
It’s amazing how a tragedy brings out the best of us as human beings. In the midst of the events of Newtown the families continue to be an inspiration to all of us. Their heroic examples of compassion and love lift our hearts with hope.
The sign from Newtown,frequently shown [...]
There’s a time for everything under heaven:A time to be born and a time to die….. A time to laugh and a time to cry. A time to mourn and a time to dance….. Eccle:3:1
Whether we are celebrating the beginning of a life or the end of life,[...]
We are sometimes perplexed as to what to do when we are faced with the responsibility of caring for a sick or ill relative or friend. This is especially true when that person has a terminal illness. Our mind and heart are flooded with anxious thoughts like: What can I do? [...]
There is a beautiful poem called:“The Dash” written by Linda Ellis that is often used at funerals and memorial services. The essence of the poem is about how we use that time between the date of our birth and that of our death. The DASH represents the time between the [...]
Several years ago there was a popular TV series called “Touched by an Angel.” The program’s main theme was to help families facing the event of a loved one dying and provide spiritual and moral support during this difficult time. Its star,Della Reese,as Tess the lead angel,and two [...]
Tucked away in a non-descript strip center marked by Dairy Queen on State Street in Hurricane is a small office that employs 10 health professionals who follow the tradition of medical service practiced by the late Dr. Garth Last,who served the Hurricane community and surrounding areas for over 30 years.
When we hear a friend or acquaintance is on Hospice,our first response might be to feel sorry for the person and think about their having to face dying soon. From the perspective of hospice patients,nothing could be further from the truth.
I have been inspired and awed by the [...]